News Alerts

Authorities lift global COVID-19 advisory against international travel August 6

Category: Health and Medical

Severity: 2 (Low)

Source: Drum Cussac

08/07/2020 (United States) - The U.S. State Department and Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention lifted the global advisory recommending all international travel to be avoided due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic on Thursday, August 6. However, the CDC also issued on Thursday multiple warnings for countries considered to present a high risk of COVID-19 infection, as authorities return to the previous system providing country-specific travel information. While the global advisory against all non-essential international travel was lifted by the CDC, most countries were individually placed under a Level 3 advisory, which recommends that all non-essential travel should be avoided. A few countries with significantly lower rates of infection such as New Zealand, Thailand, and Fiji were placed under Level 1 advisory. All country-specific travel notices can be accessed via the CDC website.
The US Department of State also updated country-travel specific alerts. "Level 3: Reconsider Travel" advisories are in place for destinations including the UK, the EU, the Philippines, and Australia. "Level Four: Do Not Travel" advisories are also in place for 30 countries including India and Russia.
Numerous US states have imposed quarantine orders on arrivals from other states with high rates of COVID-19 infection, as well as other measures such as bans on large public events and gatherings.
As of August 6, there have been 4,877,115 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the country, and 159,990 associated fatalities. Further international spread of the virus is expected in the near term.
Context
The first case of COVID-19 was reported on December 31 and the source of the outbreak has been linked to a wet market in Wuhan (Hubei province, China). Since then, human-to-human transmission of the virus has been confirmed.
Cases of the virus have been confirmed in numerous countries and territories worldwide. On March 11, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the global outbreak a pandemic. Virus-screening and quarantining measures are being implemented at airports worldwide, as well as extensive travel restrictions.
The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, dry cough, and tiredness. Some patients may experience other symptoms such as body pains, nasal congestion, headache, conjunctivitis, sore throat, diarrhea, loss of taste or smell, or a rash on skin or discoloration of fingers or toes. These symptoms (in most cases mild) appear gradually. Generally, most patients (around 80 percent) recover from the disease without being hospitalized.

Measures adopted by local authorities evolve quickly and are usually effective immediately. Depending on the evolution of the outbreak in other countries, authorities are likely to modify, at very short notice, the list of countries whose travelers are subject to border control measures or entry restrictions upon their arrival to the territory in question. It is advised to postpone nonessential travel due to the risk that travelers may be refused entry or be subject to quarantine upon their arrival or during their stay.
To reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission, travelers are advised to abide by the following measures:
* Frequently clean hands by applying an alcohol-based hand rub or washing with soap and water.

* When coughing and sneezing, cover mouth and nose with a flexed elbow or tissue; if used, throw the tissue away immediately and wash hands.

* If experiencing a fever, cough, difficulty breathing, or any other symptoms suggestive of respiratory illness, including pneumonia, call emergency services before going to the doctor or hospital to prevent the potential spread of the disease.

Copyright © 2020 Drum Cussac

Related

News Alerts and Safety Profiles are provided strictly for informational purposes and contain the best available data at the time of writing. While every effort has been made to ensure its accuracy, the information in this report has not been independently verified and HTH Worldwide therefore accepts no responsibility or liability for any inaccuracies in such information and any such liability is expressly denied, and no representation or warranty, express or implied, is made. Documents may be amended or withdrawn at any time without cause.